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Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 10:11 AM - Last Updated: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 3:33 PM

SCC affirms 7-2 Ontario and B.C. regulators’ denial of accreditation to TWU’s proposed law school Janet Epp Buckingham

In a four-opinion ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 7-2 that the refusal of the law societies of Ontario and B.C. to accredit Trinity Western University’s (TWU) proposed law school was reasonable because the regulators proportionately balanced the impact on the religious freedom rights of TWU’s community with the regulators’ mandate to protect the public — including promoting equal access to the legal profession, diversity and lawyer competence, as well as upholding a positive public perception of the legal profession. ... [read more]

Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

WILLS - Codicils - Testator’s intention to be given effect

Application by the executors for rectification of a codicil. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

Planning for succession of a cottage or vacation home: Matrimonial issues cottage_gift_sm

Owners of cottages or vacation homes often have concerns and worries when it comes to succession issues. Alleviating or minimizing these concerns requires a review of three main types of considerations: personal and emotional, tax and matrimonial issues. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Fraud, fiction and the Land Titles Act false_identiry_sm

When it comes to title and identity fraud and real property, the issue typically involves the conflict between the entitlement of a person to rely on the parcel register and a perhaps equally innocent person whose property rights have been compromised due to a fraud. ... [read more]

Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Planning for succession of a cottage or vacation home: Consider the taxes cottage_tax_sm

Concerns about inheritance of the cottage or vacation property, including who, how and when are often worrisome for owners. In our last article, we discussed personal and emotional considerations in planning for the succession of a cottage (or other vacation home). This article will focus on the tax issues to be reviewed when planning for a cottage or vacation home. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

Do the math on lifetime gifts to make parents’ will fair equal_shares_sm

A common wish of parents is to treat all of their children “equally”. While that may be easy to satisfy from death forward by way of an equal distribution in a Will, taking account of lifetime benefits can be problematic ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 1:01 PM

Three appointments for Ontario Superior Court of Justice

The Superior Court of Justice for Ontario has three new judges sitting on its benches. ... [read more]

Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Planning for succession of a cottage or vacation home: Getting personal watermelon_cottage_sm

For those who own a cottage or vacation home, who will inherit the property and how and when it will be inherited become serious concerns and are often worrisome. When planning for the succession of a cottage (or other vacation home), there are three main types of considerations to be reviewed: personal, tax and matrimonial issues. In this series of articles, we will summarize each of these considerations. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

When it comes to blended families, a detailed will is crucial blended_family_sm

Lawyers often get criticized for nagging clients (and potential clients, and family members, and friends) about the importance of making a will, but it’s really just that we know, better than most, the unfortunate consequences of dying intestate. And when you’re working with blended families, it can get even more difficult. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 10:53 AM

N.S. lawyers to get session on complex new capacity rules Michelle_Morgan_Coole_sm

Nova Scotia is holding an information session for lawyers wanting a “high level overview” of the province’s new capacity legislation for intellectually disabled adults — a complex set of regulations experts say will be a steep learning curve for the legal profession. ... [read more]